Melbourne bars at Perth prices

On January 11, 2013, in CBD, by Jonno

$10 for a pint of beer!

Mountain Goat

Not much change from $10

Well it had to happen, after the news last year of the high cost of beer in Western Australia, beer prices in Melbourne have risen to meet the challenge. The shock of the press when a pint in Perth was $10 was ” there is no way we can charge that here”. Well, now their moral indignation has been silenced with bottles of beer in most Melbourne CBD pubs selling for $9:50.  OK these are boutique beers such as Mountain Goat and White Rabbit, suggesting that a beer with an animal name commands a higher price.

 

Strangely its all gone quiet on the price front with no outrage of $10 for a pint. Sadly this is now the norm and some of the mass produced beers are also getting up there. Somehow, if a boutique beer has a cuddly name, then you don’t feel quite so bad at paying a higher price. So one has to wonder how much people would pay for a Fursty Ferret, an Old Badger or even a pint of Arrogant Bastard. I kid you not, these beers do exist in the UK (and are available in very boutique bottle shops here, if Dan Murphy’s actually qualifies as boutique).

 

Will Dan Murphy’s replace our beloved pubs??

 

Is this Australia most expensive pub?

Is this Australia most expensive pub?

So how much will a pint rise to? Well we understand that Perth leads the way in expensive beer, thanks to all the flouro’s with money to burn. One ocean front pub in Hillary’s boat harbour was charging $14 for a normal pint and $18 for a boutique pint. Sadly the cost of a pint is becoming beyond the reach of most ordinary workers and many are now resigned to drink at home with a carton from the bottle shop.

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CITY CIRCLE TRAM PUB TOUR

On September 17, 2012, in CBD, Docklands, by Jonno

All Aboard – It’s Free!!!

City circle tram – free pub crawl!

Our business is reliant on the sale of our app for the iPhone, which many will know, will guide you to almost every pub and bar in Melbourne’s CBD, Docklands and Southbank. We think we have em all, but, hey even we can miss one or two! Every now and again it’s great to share some of our in- depth research with our followers. So this month we have pulled together a great little tour around the city with 4 great pubs / bars for you to visit and some interesting things to look at on the way. When the sun is out and the mercury rises above 20 degrees, what better way to pass an afternoon, than by wandering the streets of Melbourne?

 

Great Pubs and a Free Tram Ride

Firstly, we must point out that being drunk on the tram is not acceptable – so take it easy!

The city circle tram does bog laps (as my other half would say) around Melbourne CBD every day between 8am and 6pm. It’s a great way to see the city and get familiar with where you are and where everything is. It is also a great way to explore some of Melbourne’s interesting bars and attractions. The great thing is – it’s free!

This great little tour takes you to the four edges of Melbourne, starting in the north and ending in the west. As its using the tram you can go in any order you like, but we think the order we have selected fits an afternoon session rather nicely.

Head to Flagstaff, where a very short walk will get you the The Mint. Located in an old house, this is a bit of a posh sort of place, but the al-fresco area is nice and secluded and over looks a great historic building. The food here is pretty good too as we often come here for a burger and a beer to discuss business when in Melbourne. Having a good feed is always a good way to start a session we find.

 

Jump back on the tram and head to Parliament. Well, it was many years ago when Melbournians thought they ruled the country (some in Collingwood still think they do!).  True to political form, the pollies egos became too big and they needed their own state, Canberra. On the bright side, it’s handy for porn and drugs we hear (never been there). My favourite quote on Canberra is from Bill Bryson. Canberra – slightly better than breaking a leg.

 

Siglo rooftop barThere are a few options in the Parliament area, so we have 2 choices. For those wanting to have a “posh” drink, it is hard to go past Siglo. Their rooftop area is gorgeous overlooking the street tree canopy with hints of the Parliament building popping through. It’s table service here and the wine list makes it worth it. If a pub is more your thing, then the Cricketers in the Windsor hotel will satisfy that thirst for a beer. This bar has become quite famous in Melbourne, not sure why as it really is nothing special. It has recently been refurbished, but it’s really just a different colour.

 

Back on the circle route, head down to Federation Square. This place was so controversial when it was built. The architecture upset lots of people, but I reckon it was a bold and impressive decision not to develop this area in a normal office box layout. The sandstone paving is fabulous and every time we are here it’s normally packed. So a good indication that a lot of people like it! There are two great options here, actually there are more than that but we are losing the point! For a “posh” drink head to Transit, the rooftop bar in the Transport building. Great views over the river out to Albert Park and the city. Want something more beery, well delve deep into the heart of Federation Square to Beer Deluxe. It has everything the label suggests!!!!

It’s hard to leave Federation Square, but our final destination is down in Docklands by the water. The Woolshed pub is a converted warehouse and has a great selection of beers, wines and even some fancy cocktails. The staff were really good here when we visited and being off the CBD circuit I think that they get a more regular office crowd. And friendliness is what we love in our pubs!

 

Enjoy this tour and please don’t get trashed and upset the tram driver, you’ll spoil it for every one. We reckon a pint in each bar is more than enough, before you settle in at the Woolshed.

 

 

 

Flinders Street StationMelbourne is famous for its multitude of bars, pubs and clubs with perhaps the main attraction being those hidden lane way bars that always seem so elusive. Then there is the attraction of the gorgeous rooftop bars with views over the city and the experience of the night wrapping itself around you whilst you savour a refreshing drink. But now there is even more to Melbourne.

 

Melbourne’s Waterfront Bars and Pubs

 

The Wharf Hotel

Ahhhh! Beer and Water!

Over the years the spotlight has turned a little with some fabulous venues opening up right on the Yarra River. Many bars have been around for a long time, such as Riverland, nestled between the banks of the Yarra River and Federation Square.  But in the past few years some new venues have graced the waterway with Pony Fish Island opening on the pier for the pedestrian walkway from Flinders Street to Southbank. Two new pubs have also opened, The Boatbuilders Yard and The Wharf Hotel further downstream towards Docklands.

 

Beer and Water is always a good combination

 

 

Troy and Jonno recently ventured down the river to seek out the Boatbuilders Yard and The Wharf Hotel. Sadly the images on the internet of the Boatbuilders Yard make the place look quite awesome, so I was a little disappointed when I got there. It is a little more expensive than other Melbourne bars too.

It was however, a glorious evening walking over the bridge to Southbank from where my taxi driver dropped me off. (Note to Taxi drivers – buy yourself Best Melbourne Pubs and Bars app – it will make you look good!).

Boatbuilders on the YarraSo what could be better on a summers evening than heading down to the water for a nice refreshing beer?

Having your mate buy you a beer when you arrive!